Every 3 hours an American mother
is told her child has died
from gun violence.

Gun violence is complicated, but keeping guns secured and out of the hands of kids is not. Guns can be stored more safely by keeping them unloaded and locked up, using a gun safe/trigger lock, and keeping bullets in a separate locked location.

Maine Gun Safety Education Coalition has distributed over 25,000 free trigger locks throughout Maine. Storing guns responsibly means fewer guns being carried into our schools, fewer tween and teen firearms suicides, and fewer unintentional child shootings. 

Before sending your child over to play, ASK: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?”A frank conversation now may prevent the worst conversation any parent could imagine.  If there's an unlocked gun, they can get a free trigger lock from MGSEC at a local law enforcement office.


New Resources

Suicide Prevention:  The Portland Press Herald published a Maine Voices column by MGSC Executive Director Nick Wilson about the need to collaborate to prevent firearm suicides and an unfortunate experience with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Federally Mandated Concealed Carry: Legislation before Congress would override state permitting laws that regulate who can carry a loaded hidden gun. We've included a new Johns Hopkins report about this dangerous legislation.

Guns for Drugs:  Maine is a source state for crime guns. Our new backgrounder explores how drug traffickers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York sell heroin and cocaine in Maine and use the proceeds to buy illicit guns by exploiting Maine's weak gun laws. 

Domestic Violence Mass Shooting in Madison, ME: We know that the most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is when she makes an attempt to leave, especially when the abuser has easy access to firearms. On July 5, 2017, Carroll Tuttle Jr. went on a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of his wife, son, and a neighbor over the untrue belief that his wife was having an affair.


Gun Violence in Maine Conference

In partnership with the American Bar Association and the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Gun Safety Education Coalition organized a one-day conference about how best to respond to gun violence in Maine. You can stream the following two panels: Public Health Panel: Do Education and Prevention Work? and Criminal Justice Panel: Do Background Checks Work?

TV Host Bill Green moderated panels that included David Hemenway of Harvard School of Public Health, Past AMA President Dr. Robert McAfee, Dr. Daniel Meyer of Maine Medical Center, State Reps. Lois Reckitt and Mark Dion, and many more.